Sixth Estate Revamps Lobbyist Watchlist Project After Lobbying Commissioner Assigns Writing Lines as Punishment for Illegal Lobbying
A couple of months ago, in response to the Bruce Carson scandal, I began a list of several dozen Conservative insiders who appeared to be flaunting the party’s (and hence government’s) principle, since enshrined in law, that public office-holders should have to wait five years after leaving politics before taking a job as a
professional democracy destroyer paid shill lobbyist. I’m going to continue the list, but in order to illustrate the links between the lobbying sector and politics, I’m also going to expand the list considerably. As I have made clear on several previous occasions, I hold a very poor opinion of lobbyists, who are in effect well-connected political activists for hire. The purpose of these individuals is none other than to corrupt the democratic process, by explicitly offering greater political access to those who are willing to pay for it.
Although in my opinion there appear to be a great number of illegal and at best semi-legal lobbyists working on Parliament Hill, unfortunately Sixth Estate and the Hill Times are standing virtually alone in calling attention to this problem. Literally — even the Lobbying Commissioner is doing quite a poor job, in one case appearing to have literally (primary school-style) assigned writing an essay as punishment for illegal lobbying. This site can only bear witness to the most public misconduct, of course, and especially to the ways in which even legal lobbying subverts the democratic process. Even if there are dozens more Bruce Carson-style cases in the wings, which I believe there are, there really is no way for me to know about them. Still, I’ll do my best on the revamped Lobbyists Watch page.Tweet